Guards Blocked Doors at Brazil Nightclub

    Image #: 20971577    epa03558012   A firefighter (C) holds a body after a fire broke out at a disco in Santa Maria, 286 km off Porto Alegre, Brazil, early  27 January 201. At lesat 90 are known to have perished in the fire which began on stage started a fireworks display at the Kiss nightclub.  EPA/GERMANO RORATO/AG. RBS BRAZIL OUT    EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES  EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES  /// UNKNOWN CATEGORY\\\ /LANDOV

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    Horrifying new details are emerging from the fire at a nightclub in southern Brazil that killed at least 232 people and hospitalized 132 in the city of Santa Maria on Sunday. New reports say that bouncers blocked the exits when they first patrons rushing out, thinking they were skipping out on bar tabs. Officials say that about 2,000 people were inside the club when the fire broke out, double the club's maximum capacity of 1,000. "This overcrowding made it difficult for people to leave," an official said. Many of the victims died from smoke inhalation, but some were trampled in the rush to escape. The fire started on the stage and quickly spread to the ceiling.

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